2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 5 books toward her goal of 260 books.
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Book Review: The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland

Ok, seriously? And is it going to be a series?? As a general rule, I love Karen Cleveland spy stories. She tends to tell a compelling tale that is fast-paced and easy to fall into. But sometimes she does seem to go a little farther into suspension of disbelief territory than even a willing reader finds palatable – and such was the case with this book. Continue reading Book Review: The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland

Excerpt: The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II.

Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence. Continue reading Excerpt: The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I may literally be the only person who didn’t like this book. And it pains me to say that, because there was a lot about it that I really liked. But 20% in i felt like I’d read the same general plot points six or seven times already – and could not imagine forcing myself to do so for the next 3/4 of the book…. Continue reading Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Book Review: Upgrade by Blake Crouch

I enjoy Blake Crouch’s science fiction. Both the science and the fiction are always well-developed and well-executed. That was the case here, don’t get me wrong, but this time around I found the balance to be much more uneven than in previous books, and that’s where I had some issues… Continue reading Book Review: Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Excerpt: The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

About the Book

When Detective Anjelica Henley is called to investigate the murder of popular preacher in his own church, she discovers a second victim, tortured and tied to a bed in an upstairs room. He is alive, but barely, and his body show signs of a dark religious ritual. Continue reading Excerpt: The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson